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11 workers dead in India warehouse fire

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Electrical short-circuit is probably going to have lit the fire that was delayed by fiber links stored in the warehouse, said the fire officer.

11 people, said to be migrants from Bihar, were burnt to death in a major fire that broke out at a scrap warehouse in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Wednesday, authorities said.

The burst started on the ground floor of the two-story warehouse owned by Shawdan Traders in the Bhoiguda region of the city around 2:45 am and before long overwhelmed the whole structure.

In no time, around nine fire tenders were pressed into service but it took them almost three hours to drench the flames, according to authorities.

"Approximately 12 workers were fast asleep on the first floor of the warehouse when the burst started and by the time the fire was drenched, 11 of them were burnt alive," senior fire officer V Papiah told the local media.

Police said the victims were all migrant workers from the eastern province of Bihar.

"One of them got away with minor wounds, and he's being treated at a local hospital," Hyderabad Police chief CV Anand said.

Some of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, Anand said.

An electrical short-circuit appeared to have set off the fire that was delayed by fiber links stored in the warehouse, the fire officer said.

"In any case, a test has been ordered to find out the specific reason."

Fires in small factories and warehouses are common in India because of the lax enforcement of inferno safety regulations.
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